lead

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 /liːd, led/

For the verb: "to lead"

Simple Past: led
Past Participle: led

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lead /liːd/ vb (leads, leading, led /lɛd/)
  1. to show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or ahead: lead the party into the garden
  2. to guide or be guided by holding, pulling, etc: he led the horse by its reins
  3. (transitive) to cause to act, feel, think, or behave in a certain way; induce; influence: he led me to believe that he would go
  4. when intr, followed by to: (of a road, route, etc) to serve as the means of reaching a place
  5. (transitive) to go ahead so as to indicate (esp in the phrase lead the way)
  6. to guide, control, or direct: to lead an army
  7. (transitive) to direct the course of or conduct (water, a rope or wire, etc) along or as if along a channel
  8. to initiate the action of (something); have the principal part in (something): to lead a discussion
  9. to go at the head of or have the top position in (something): he leads his class in geography
  10. (intransitive) followed by with: to have as the first or principal item: the newspaper led with the royal birth
  11. Brit to play first violin in (an orchestra)
  12. to direct and guide (one's partner) in a dance
  13. (transitive) to pass or spend: I lead a miserable life
  14. to cause to pass a life of a particular kind: to lead a person a dog's life
  15. (intransitive) followed by to: to tend (to) or result (in): this will only lead to misery
  16. to initiate a round of cards by putting down (the first card) or to have the right to do this: she led a diamond
  17. (intransitive) to make an offensive blow, esp as one's habitual attacking punch
n
  1. the first, foremost, or most prominent place
  2. (as modifier): lead singer
  3. example, precedence, or leadership: the class followed the teacher's lead
  4. an advance or advantage held over others: the runner had a lead of twenty yards
  5. anything that guides or directs; indication; clue
  6. another name for leash
  7. the act or prerogative of playing the first card in a round of cards or the card so played
  8. the principal role in a play, film, etc, or the person playing such a role
  9. the principal news story in a newspaper: the scandal was the lead in the papers
  10. (as modifier): lead story
  11. an important entry assigned to one part usually at the beginning of a movement or section
  12. a wire, cable, or other conductor for making an electrical connection
  13. one's habitual attacking punch
  14. a blow made with this
  15. a deposit of metal or ore; lode

See also lead off, lead onEtymology: Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go
lead /lɛd/ n
  1. a heavy toxic bluish-white metallic element that is highly malleable: occurs principally as galena and used in alloys, accumulators, cable sheaths, paints, and as a radiation shield. Symbol: Pb; atomic no: 82; atomic wt: 207.2; valency: 2 or 4; relative density: 11.35; melting pt: 327.502°C; boiling pt: 1750°C
  2. a lead weight suspended on a line used to take soundings of the depth of water
  3. lead weights or shot, as used in cartridges, fishing lines, etc
  4. a thin grooved strip of lead for holding small panes of glass or pieces of stained glass
  5. (plural) thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
  6. a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
  7. a thin strip of type metal used for spacing between lines of hot-metal type
  8. graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
  9. a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
  10. (modifier) of, consisting of, relating to, or containing lead
vb (transitive)
  1. to fill or treat with lead
  2. to surround, cover, or secure with lead or leads
  3. to space (type) by use of leads
Etymology: Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot



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